Tuesday, 24 August 2010

ROCK IT RECORDS 598

ROCK IT RECORDS 598
Port Arthur, TX
Nov 56  (BMI clearance on 11 Jan 57)
GENE TERRY and his Kool Kats
45-598-A - The Woman I Love
(Kid Murdock / Lila Hargiss)   (Starrite BMI)
45-598-B - Tip, Tap And Tell me
(Kid Murdock / Lila Hargiss)   (Starrite BMI)

Gene Terry was born Terry Gene DeRouen in Lafayette, LA on January 7th 1940, but raised in Port Arthur, TX, where his main musical influence growing up was his father and grandfather performing Cajun songs. He also attended house and barn dances with his uncle, R. C. DeRouen, a Cajun musician. His uncle taught him how to play guitar and eventually Gene accompanied him on stage. Gene formed his first band, the Kool Kats, in the mid-'50s, doing mainly country and western songs but they gravitated toward rock and roll, eventually changing their name to The Downbeats. Gradually rhythm and blues began to enter the band's repertoire as Gene became influenced by Little Richard, Elvis Presley and local KTRM deejay J. P. "the Big Bopper" Richardson. Word spread to Lake Charles, LA gaining the attention of local club owners and a five year contract with Goldband Records. Gene Terry and the Down Beats recorded several singles for Goldband including classic "Cindy Lou."


Top side is a fast rocker with a nice long guitar solo (although he seems to have not been expecting the first part of the solo because he's a little under-recorded). Flip is more mid paced with a nod towards "Heartbreak Hotel". Awesome! (MC)

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PEACH RECORDS 597

PEACH RECORDS 597
Box 111, Jefferson, GA
Nov 56  (BMI clearance on 11th Jan 57)
LEON HOLMES and his Georgia Ramblers
LEON HOLMES and JOHNNY GARRISON and the Georgia Ramblers
45-597-A - She's My Baby
(Leon Holmes)   (Starrite BMI)
45-597-B - You're Not Mine At All
(Leon Holmes)   (Starrite BMI)


Possibly one of my favourite discs in this series. Great stop-start vocals through the verses with a nice hint of rock-a-billy mumbling through the choruses! But it's the guitar breaks that have always grabbed my attention (for obvious reasons I guess). Slightly understated with a smattering of Carl Perkins with a lovely cascade of notes at the end. It sounds to me that right at the end of the song, the guitarist must hit his pick-up switch by accident as the tone changes slightly. I could probably listen to this all day and not get bored. In fact, sometimes I think I do!
Leon appears later in this series on Starday Records and also again on Peach Records. Perhaps he was a Georgia native.  Not heard the flip, but even if it was a ballad, I'd probably like it! (MC)

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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

STARDAY RECORDS 596

STARDAY RECORDS 596
Nov 56
TRUITT FORSE
45-596-A - Chicken Bop
(Forse)   (Starrite BMI)
45-596-B - Doggone Dame
(Forse)   (Starrite BMI)

A monster, 2-sided rockabilly killer from Truitt, (Donald Truitt Forse), a cousin of Beamon Forse (See Rodney 514). A side is a fast guitar-led rocker with some nice rinky-dink piano. Truitt belts out both sides with gusto (as Billboard might have said) and the biting guitar solos remind me of Hal Harris on high-octane caffeine. Flip is slower, bluesier but not in the least inferior to the topside. Truitt  had some '60s / '70s C&W singles out under the name Don Force. (MC / Andrew Brown)
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BIG STATE RECORDS 595

BIG STATE RECORDS 595
Box 1113, Greggton, TX
Nov 56  (BMI clearance on 11 Jan 57)
JIMMY SIMPSON and his Oilfield Boys
45-595-A - Can I Come Home
(Jack Rhodes / Jimmy Simpson)   (Starrite BMI)
45-595-B - Memories Of You
(Jack Rhodes / Jimmy Simpson)   (Starrite BMI)

Jimmy D Simpson was born on 24th March 1928 in Sullivan Hollow, near Ashland City, TN. After stints in the Army (and Navy and the Paratroopers), he moved to Robert Lee, TX (near San Angelo) with his wife and made a living as a pipeliner. He became a DJ over KERC (Eastland, TX) and sang at the Big D Jamboree in Dallas. A career as an artist for Republic Records was cut short by the labels bankruptcy. He also recorded on Hidus Records (owned by Bill & Buddy Holman) based in a jewelry store in Springfield, TN.


Before he took off for Alaska as a contractor, he teamed up with Jack Rhodes and found himself on this release. The A side is bordering on rockabilly; nice vocals and a fine guitar dragging the band along at a fair clip. There's a steel guitar adding some nice fills in the background and it shares the solos with the guitar. Flip side is a ballad. These were recorded at a West Monroe, Louisiana radio station. Same session that produced Simpson's Jiffy single.


Jimmy also recorded on Starday and Nashville Records later on, amongst others. (MC / Al Turner / Andrew Brown)
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Phillip J Tricker






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Friday, 6 August 2010

STARDAY RECORDS 594

STARDAY RECORDS 594
Oct 56  (BMI Clearance on 4th January 1957)
DOROTHY BLAKLEY
45-594-A -  PIano Bells  (ST-2658)
(Blakley)   (Starrite BMI)
45-594-B - Yodelin' Ivory Waltz  (ST-2659)
(Blakley)   (Starrite BMI)


More ivory tickling from Dorothy. This disc was even assigned Starday Matrix numbers. ST-2658 was reissued on Starday EP 295 as "Raggin' The Piano", while ST-2659 was retitled "Tickle The Ivories".
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Phillip J Tricker




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Wednesday, 4 August 2010

LUCKY RECORDS 593

LUCKY RECORDS 593
(Unknown Location)
Oct 56  (BMI Clearance on 11th January 1957)
NORTHWEST TROUBADORS
45-593-A - Hey Mr Copper
(No info)   (No info)
45-593-B - Jolly Old Fellow
(No info)   (No info)


The only info I could find was in one of my old note books, dated 1994. The info reads "Apparently this is a pretty good disc". It was listed on a set sale list from the US. Never seen it since. Many thanks to Derek Hamilton for the flip side. (MC)

BIG STATE RECORDS 592

BIG STATE RECORDS 592
468 Third St, Port Acres, TX
Oct 56  (BMI Clearance on 11th January 1957)
RONALD R A FAULK
45-592-A - You'll Never Know
(R A Faulk)   (Starrite BMI)
45-592-B - My Baby's Gone
(R A Faulk)   (Starrite BMI)


The A side is a nice typical Texas honky-tonk / hillbilly song. Flip side is a thunderous rocker with heavy double bass and biting guitar. One of the best examples of the Starday rockabilly sound. The ending of the song is one of the most chaotic pieces of music every pressed into shellac as the musicians don't seem to know where to end. So they all seem to try to end at once with little success. (Sadly, nobody seems to have signalled to the bass player they're stopping!). This makes the side even better for it in my opinion.
Both Roland and his brother (Autry) were veterans of the Port Arthur, TX scene. (Port Acres is slightly west of Port Arthur). Kirby London recorded one of Roland's songs on D 1174.
This disc was pressed on both 45 and 78rpm formats.  (MC)
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MECCA RECORDS 591

MECCA RECORDS 591
920 Third Ave, Seattle, WA
Oct 56  (Billboard review on 15th Dec 56)
GENE STERLING
45-591-A - Living A Lie
(No info)   (Mecca Enterprises BMI)
45-591-B - I Won't Be Back No More
(No info)   (Mecca Enterprises BMI)


Born in Arkansas, Gene was a truck driver by day and a singer and DJ by night. In 1953, he was DJ'ing over KRSC in Seattle, WA and appearing on Seattle's "Junior Ranch Show". He was signed to Vogue Records in 1953 and had at least one release (Vogue #1022 - "So Do I" / ???). Billboard thought it routine, but then they weren't always right. (Anybody own a copy?)
By 1956, Billboard finds him recording the disc above. Again, they are not glowing in their praise, but as I haven't heard it, I can't say if they're right or not.
(MC / Neil Davies)

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JAMBOREE RECORDS 590

JAMBOREE RECORDS 590
Buffalo, KY
Sept 56  (Billboard review on 27th Apr 57)
CURLEY SANDERS
45-590-A - Why Did You Leave Me
(J R Sprawls / C Sanders)   (Starrite BMI)
45-590-B - Brand New Rock And Roll
(C Sanders)   (Starrite BMI)


Label states "A Product Of Sprawls Enterprises". Label was owned by Joel Ray Sprawls.
Curley Ray Sanders was born in 1935 in St John, KY. he was a DJ on WCTO (Campbellsville, KY) in 1956, and on WBRT (Bardstown, KY) in 1958. WBRT is where he recorded with Joe Brown on San Records, possibly paid for by Curley. He was a regular on the Renfro Valley Barn Dance (KY) in 1958.
I may not know much about Curley but I found quite a few records by him. He  shows up on my radar in about 1949/50 on Star Talent from Dallas, TX (#749 - Last on your list / Penny for your thoughts). There was a Curley Sanders (assuming it's him) appearing on the Saturday Night Shindig over WFAA (Dallas) in the early 50's. Then I find two discs on Imperial (#8197 - Love 'em country style / My heart is yours alone - Mid 53), (#8226 - Too much lovin' / I'm reaching for Heaven - Dec 53/Jan 54).
By 1956, Curley's obviously incorporated some "Cat Music" in his repertoire and he's found here hollering for all he's worth (well, not quite hollering, but there's an urgency in his vocals). The A side I've yet to hear. Neil Scott picked one up and then sold it on (dumb arse), so I never managed to hear the A side. Flip is a stop/start rocker with cool lyrics and some fine accomp. by his band (who I presume are the Santones.) I think there's an under recorded mandolin or something playing through the solos but the guitar is drowning it out. Anyhow, it's a fabulous track. Almost awesome!
Curley springs up on the Concept label twice after the issue here and records another disc on Jamboree (which isn't pressed by Starday). (Concept #897 - Dynamite / You're smiling (I'm crying) 1957 - Elizabethtown, KY), (Concept #898 - Walking blues / This time - 57/8), (Jamboree 1833 - Heartsick and blue / I'll obey my heart - 57/58 - still located in Buffalo, KY and featuring the Kentucky Rangers). After that ......I'll have to wait until somebody else tells me :-)
(MC / Dan DeClark / Terry Gordon / Neil Scott)


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27 Apr 57 Billboard Rev.
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Curley Sanders - Buffalo Bop CD 55178